Libs divided on super trawler ban

THE federal Opposition has indicated it would reverse a ban on the use of Seafish Tasmania’s super trawler in Australian waters, even though it is at odds with the state party.

The ABC reports Tasmanian and Federal Liberal parties are being accused of causing confusion in the fishing industry because of their conflicting positions on the use of the super trawler, Abel Tasman.

“The federal Liberal party and the state liberals need to accept responsibility for the confusion they’ve caused not only amongst recreational fisher groups in Australia but also with the fishing industry,” said Greens spokesman, Kim Booth.

“Because obviously they don’t they wouldn’t have a clue what they’re supposed to be doing with those mixed signals coming out of liberal party.”

The State Opposition spokesman, Rene Hidding, said it is not unusual for the state and federal parties to differ on policy.

Meanwhile, Seafish Tasmania has revealed more details about its court case for overturning bans on the supertrawler in Australian waters.

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke has rejected the company’s applications to use the Abel Tasman to fish its quota of jack mackerel and red bait, or as a floating freezer.

Seafish Tasmania’s Director, Gerry Geen, said the Federal Court writ against the Federal Government alleges Tony Burke ignored advice from leading marine scientists.

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